Zherdev Demoted (update: healthy scratch for October 29)
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10-30-2010, 02:51 PM
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Upshall was benched to send a message with regard to penalties (which was fair, the problem was Stevens was ignoring the fact that he had some flagrant perpetrators he wasn't saying anything about). It wasn't about attitude adjustment and the like. Downie... was a 1st rd. draft pick that they were *ing around with. So, he was a LOT more relevant than Zherdev, who is a cheap one-year investment.
I would also suggest that Downie wasn't "benched" to send messages even then... Stevens just didn't seem to like using him at all.
By relevant I mean that its a bigger deal to scratch a veteran than it is to bench a young unproven player which Downie was at the time. There wasnt a big uproar when they sat JVR last year, he was a #2 overall. Benching a 5-6 year veteran is a big deal and a bigger shock which is why I back the coach on this. Something is going on IMO.
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